Mustangs gallop past Lions 64-50
Chayse Carmichael scored 19 points off the bench and the Mustangs canned 21-24 free throw attempts as Buffalo Island Central dominated Manila 64-50 in senior boys basketball action Tuesday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.
Manila took an early lead on back to back three pointers from Matthw May and Conner Belew. But the Mustangs stormed back, getting buckets from seven different players, capped off by Carmichael's three point play, to take a 17-8 lead at the 1:19 mark of the opening period. Bradey Woodall, who pumped in a game high 27 for the Lions, scored the final four points of the frame to narrow the gap to 17-12.
Carmichael and Trey DePriest dropped in three pointers in the second stanza while Andrew McFarlin scored six points of his own as the Mustangs built a 31-15 advantage. Woodall did his best to keep the Lions in the game, scoring six consecutive points to cut the BIC lead to 31-21 at intermission.
The Lions continued to fight back in the third quarter. Baskets by Joel Burrow and May, and a three point play from Woodall pulled Manila to within 34-28 with 5:36 remaining in the third period. Woodall canned a pair of foul shots seconds later, and suddenly the Lions were within four points, 34-30. But that was as close as Manila would get.
Three point baskets by Blaine Wildy and Carmichael, followed by two Depriest free throws, gave the Mustangs a 44-33 lead heading into the final frame. Forced to play catch-up in the fourth quarter, Manila sent BIC to the foul line 21 times, where the Mustangs made good on their opportunities, banging home 18.
Joining Carmichael in double figures was McFarlin, who had 14 points and six rebounds, and DePriest, who chipped in 12 points. Wildy finished with seven, Cory Turner and Myles Gifford pitched in four points apiece while Dax Hurst and Jace Couch added two points each. The Mustangs drilled five three pointers on the night.
May also hit double digits for the Lions, scoring 10 points. Burrow netted six, Belew and Brock Birmingham contributed three points apiece while Dylon Carruth added one. Manila also shot well from the foul stripe, knocking down 16-20 attempts while making four treys.
"We really came out playing with a better purpose defensively and rebounding the ball," said BIC Coach Mike Scutero. "We didn't get out of position. We are starting to make people beat us; we're not beating ourselves. We did a great job on the boards tonight. I think we had a 20-6 advantage at the half. I am really proud of the boys. They are competing every play. We got a great performance from our bench tonight. We've been trying to play more kids to keep our starters fresh, and it paid off tonight."
In junior high action, Manila came away with a 46-32 win. Daley Belew paced the Lions with 14 points. Emery Garrett tallied nine, while Austin Harmon and Ty Wagner chipped in eight points apiece. Greg Patterson had four while Anthony Lopez added three points. Manila made 12-16 free throws and banged home four three pointers.
Jesse Fry and JG Edwards topped the Mustangs with 10 points apiece. Tate Scholley scored eight while Drake Mitchell pitched in four points.
The Lions led 12-4 after the first quarter, 19-12 at the half and 26-23 after three periods of play.
BIC returns to action Tuesday night, playing host to Cross County, and will close out the week with a four-game girls and boys slate Friday night against Armorel at the Mustang Athletic Complex.
Manila travels to Riverside Tuesday night before taking on Brookland Friday night at home.
The Rebels play host to Osceola Friday night at Lake City.